Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill that bans the discredited practice of conversion therapy, KARE11.com reported.
The state will become the 21st to ban the practice that tries to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Among other things, the state will ask providers to not fund the therapy, and will investigate and pursue civil enforcement actions against healthcare providers who engage in discriminatory practices related to conversion therapy.
The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology have all stated publicly that there is no scientific evidence saying this kind of therapy works, and that it has negative effects on the LGBTQ youth sent there.
"We applaud Governor Walz for his leadership in protecting LGBTQ youth and their families from this deadly practice," said Mathew Shurka, a survivor of conversion therapy and co-founder of Born Perfect, a survivor-led campaign to end conversion therapy, in a press statement Windy City Times received. "This is one of the strongest executive orders in the country and reflects Governor Walz's understanding that the harms caused by conversion therapy are devastating."